John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!"
Two artists each produced a painting to depict the idea of peace. One painted a picture of a quiet lake beside a mountain. Not a breeze was stirring. Not a ripple disturbed the quiet waters. All was silent.
The second artist painted a roaring waterfall with a mighty oak hanging over it. On a limb bending over the turbulent waters, nearly in reach of the rising spray, was a tiny bird sitting unperturbed on her nest. In the midst of the mighty roar, surrounded by frightful danger, the bird was secure.
Both artists agreed the second picture depicted a higher conception of peace. It also is an excellent portrayal of the peace found in Jesus.
In this world we are surrounded by manifold dangers and evils that threaten our security and deprive us of joy. We see broken hearts and graves watered with tears. Yet Jesus bestows on us a peace that transcends and overcomes this world. His words of forgiving mercy comfort us, even in the face of death. His peace passes all understanding and will sustain us for all eternity.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, reassure us and all Your people with Your surpassing peace in Christ Jesus. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)
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